Did you know?
- Names suggested for Birmingham, Alabama were Powellton after Colonel Powell of Elyton Land Company, Milnerville, or Morrisville afterh Josiah Morris or Muddtown after Judge Mudd. Birmingham was decided on because Birmingham, England was the seat of iron manufacture in England and that is what everyone hoped Birmingham would become.
- December 14 was once celebrated in schools, clubs and patriotic societies as Alabama Day? This day commemorates the day on which Alabama was formerly admitted to the Union. Iidy King (Mrs. William B. Sorsby ) of Birmingham first suggested the annual celebration in Selma May 1898 at a meeting of the Federation of Women’s Club. The first celebration took place December 14, 1899 in the Birmingham Woman’s Club. June 18, 1903, the day was adopted by the Alabama Educational Association.
- Anniston, Alabama was once called “Brooklyn of the South” and “City of Churches”
- In 1908, May 4, was formally as Bird Day in Alabama. It was instituted by John H. Wallace Jr.., the State Game and Fish Commissioner. May 4 was selected because it was the birthday of John James Audubon.
ALABAMA FOOTPRINTS Exploration: Lost & Forgotten Stories (Volume 1)is a collection of lost and forgotten stories about the people who discovered and initially settled in Alabama.
Some stories include:
- The true story of the first Mardi Gras in America and where it took place
- The Mississippi Bubble Burst – how it affected the settlers
- Did you know that many people devoted to the Crown settled in Alabama –
- Sophia McGillivray- what she did when she was nine months pregnant
- Alabama had its first Interstate in the early days of settlement